In this two hour talk and dialogue, facitated by Alison Kopit, we introduce the concept of Disability Justice, discussing its various components and the ways that we can infuse accessibility into our art, cultural, and activist settings. This is an open space for allies and those interested in thinking expansively about accessibility and fostering anti-oppressive environments. This talk is pertinent to non-disabled people who strive to become better allies and disabled people who want to learn more about Disability Justice and accessibility.
Alison Kopit is a queer and disabled cultural worker, activist scholar, and doctoral candidate in Disability Studies at UIC. Disability Justice is a guiding force in both her work and personal life. Her research centers around disability representation and accessibility in cultural spaces such as schools, museums, performance collectives, and activist organizations.
This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Chicago Disability Activism, Arts, and Design: 1970s to Today, which explores how disabled artists and designers in Chicago were integral to the development of a local and national disability rights movement, creating radical change for more than one-fifth of the US population.
Free and open to all.